Mycobacterium chelonae

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Mycobacterium chelonae
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M. chelonae as seen by scanning electron microscopy
Scientific classification
M. chelonae
Binomial name
Mycobacterium chelonae
Bergey et al. 1923, ATCC 35752

Mycobacterium chelonae is a species of the phylum Actinobacteria (Gram-positive bacteria with high guanine and cytosine content, one of the dominant phyla of all bacteria), belonging to the genus Mycobacterium. Mycobacterium chelonae is a rapidly growing mycobacterium, that is found all throughout the environment including sewage and tap water. It can occasionally cause opportunistic infections of humans. It is grouped in Runyon group IV.[1]

Type strain: strain CM 6388 = ATCC 35752 = CCUG 47445 = CIP 104535 = DSM 43804 = JCM 6388 = NCTC 946.

The complete genome sequence of M. chelonae CCUG 47445 type strain was deposited and published in DNA Data Bank of Japan, European Nucleotide Archive and GenBank in 2016 under the accession number CP007220 Archived 2020-11-09 at the Wayback Machine.[2]


On average, 2 cases of nonpulmonary M. chelonae infection are reported in South Australia each year.[3]

This bacteria is capable of causing skin, soft tissue and bone infections, particularly after trauma and surgery. It has been documented as a cause of breast infections after nipple piercing.[citation needed]

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See also


  1. Mycobacterium Chelonae at eMedicine
  2. Jaén-Luchoro, Daniel; Salvà-Serra, Francisco; Aliaga-Lozano, Francisco; Seguí, Carolina; Busquets, Antonio; Ramírez, Antonio; Ruíz, Mikel; Gomila, Margarita; Lalucat, Jorge (2016-06-30). "Complete Genome Sequence of Mycobacterium chelonae Type Strain CCUG 47445, a Rapidly Growing Species of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria". Genome Announcements. 4 (3): e00550–16. doi:10.1128/genomeA.00550-16. ISSN 2169-8287. PMC 4901242. PMID 27284158.
  3. Ivan, Mihaela; Dancer, Craig; Koehler, Ann P.; Hobby, Michaela; Lease, Chris (2013). "Mycobacterium chelonae Abscesses Associated with Biomesotherapy, Australia, 2008". Emerging Infectious Diseases. 19 (9). doi:10.3201/eid1909.120898. PMC 3810901. PMID 23968779.

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